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Lot 136: Large Chimu Blackware Stirrup Jar w/ Jaguar Head
07 November 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chimu, ca. 1000 to 1400 CE. A lively blackware vessel created by the Chimu culture of ancient Peru, depicting a dramatic jaguar head that presents an especially expressive countenance with its large, pvoid eyes, straight nose, wide mouth sporting jagged, gnashing fangs framed by arched whiskers, and alert pointed ears. The fierce expression of this jaguar jar suggests that the artist who created this vessel was more interested in capturing the powerful symbolism associated with this formidable 'king of beasts' rather than putting forth a naturalistic representation. A fabulous piece! Size: 8" W x 9.75" H (20.3 cm x 24.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex - Reid collection acquired before 1990
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Condition Report: Chips to rim, eroded but stable areas on bottom section, and expected surface wear commensurate with age.